Sanford named SAL pitcher of year

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For the second time in four years, the South Atlantic League's top pitcher belongs to Augusta.

Right-handed starter Shawn Sanford, who has spent much of the season as the league's ERA leader, is expected to be named the league's Most Outstanding Pitcher of the Year when the end-of-season all-star team is released this morning.

Former Augusta ace and current San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner won the award in 2008.

Sanford has been the most consistent starter for the GreenJackets this year after beginning the season as a reliever. His 1.74 ERA in five appearances out of the bullpen earned him a spot in the rotation by late April.

Sanford was also named to the league's Southern Division all-star team in June. He entered his scheduled start Monday with a 2.61 ERA and had posted a 6-3 record and 2.12 ERA in his previous 11 starts.

Teammate Adam Duvall will also pick up a league honor by being named the top third baseman. The all-star team was selected in a vote from the league's managers, coaches, front office staff and media.

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